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precarious
adj. unsafe; insecure; uncertain; dangerous
devastation
n. destruction; desolation
vulnerable
adj. easily injuted or hurt physically or emotionally; open to cirticism or attack
besieged
v. to crowd around in order to ask for favors; to overwhelm; to enclose with armed forces
wreaking
v. to inflict (as vengeance or punishment); to express (as anger or hatred)
perseverance
n. the act or habit of holding to a course of action or belief; persistence; steadfastness
autonomy
n. independence; the condition of having self-government
wane
v. to decrease gradually ; to decline in power, importance, or size
inclement
adj. without mercy; rough or stormy; harsh
latitude
n. freedom; scope
balmy
adj. mild and pleasant; soothing
facsimile
n. an exact reproduction or copy, in telecommunications, also called a fax; adj. duplicate
vigilant
adj. alert; watchful; wary
commenced
v. to begin; to initiate; to start
archaic
adj. no longer in general use; old-fashioned; belonging to an earlier period; ancient
invincible
adj. not to be overcome; unconquerable
beguiled
v. to cheat or deceive; to mislead by tricking or cheating
appease
v. to soothe or pacify, especially by giving in to demands
pretext
n. a false reason concealing a real one; an excuse
espionage
n. spying
junctures
n. a point where things are joined; a crossing; a point in time; a crisis point
tawny
adj. brownish-yellow; tan
hieroglyphics
n. a picture or symbol representing a word, syllable, or sound, used by the ancient Egyptians and others, instead of alphabetical letters; a method of writing using these pictures or symbols; picture writing; adj. pertaining to a system of writing that uses pictures or symbols
subsidized
v. to aid or assist with a grant of money; to support; to promote
inaccessible
adj.not easily reached or approached; out of the way
coffer
n. a box or chest, especially one used to hold money or other valuables
rivulet
n. a small stream; a brook
edifices
n. a building or structure, especially an imposing or elaborate one
retainers
n. a fee paid in advance for services; a servant; an attendant
innovation
n. a new way to do something; something new
canine
n. any animal belonging to the dog family; adj. of or like a dog
ossified
v. to change into bone; to harden like bone; to become rigid, hardhearted, or opposed to change
meager
adj. noticeable inadequate; scanty; lean; thin
ravages
v. to inflect terrible destruction; to ruin violently; n. the act of destroying; great damage
apex
n. the highest point of something; vertex; the culmination or point of climax
defunct
adj. no longer in existence or functioning; dead
perceive
v. to become aware of or to understand by means of the senses; to detect; to observe; to grasp the meaning of
bourgeois
adj. of or like the middle class-often referring to a focus upon material things and respectability; n. a middle-class person; the middle class
influx
n. a flowing in, as of people or things
obliterated
v. to blot or wipe out completely; to erase, leaving no trace